In response to the rising cost of medicines, a growing number of people with diabetes are spurning prescriptions and asking their physicians for lower-cost options, according to newly released government data.
To wit, among adults who were prescribed a diabetes medication in the past 12 months, 13.2% skipped dosages, took fewer dosages, or delayed filling a prescription in order to save money. And 24.4% asked their doctor for a lower-cost alternative. Women were more likely than men not take a medicine in order to lower their costs, although they were just as likely to seek a less expensive prescription.
Drilling down further, 18% of adults under age 65 were more likely not to take a medicine as prescribed so they could save money, compared with 7.2% of those 65 and older. More than a quarter of those younger than 65 were likelier to seek a cheaper prescription, compared with one-fifth of those were 65 years and older, according to the survey by the National Center for Health Statistics.
Insulin costs are going up, but paychecks for most Americans are not. Why the insulin companies think folks can pay more for the same medication in that situation is a mystery to me.
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